The Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment has announced that China will ban a further 32 types of solid waste imports by the end of 2019.
Operation National Sword China notified the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on 18th July that from the beginning of 2018 it plans to ban imports of 24 different grades of waste materials. This change in policy is named Operation National Sword. Chinese customs officials have been told to focus on the quality of waste paper and […]
Thailand has announced a ban on plastic and electronic waste after fears of becoming a ‘dumping ground’ for these potentially toxic materials.
Following China’s ban on imported waste in late 2018, developed countries have been sending its waste to developing south-east Asian countries for disposal and recycling. Recently there have been containers that have been refused due to incorrect labelling and contamination from several countries.
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You can’t escape the hundreds of news stories and television programmes that have been published recently about plastics. How the use of the material is increasing, how much damage it causes the environment and wildlife, both on land and at sea.
Since China’s ban on mixed materials (read more here), the recycling industry has been feeling the pinch. Recycling materials have been falling in value and stockpiles are beginning to build up around the UK. When thinking about recycling there are three key steps to remember; reduce, reuse, recycle. These can help the environment by saving […]
As of 1st January 2018, China imposed a worldwide ban on 24 types of plastic and paper waste. This has caused a variety of issues for many waste collectors. Before the ban was introduced, countries would send their waste to China, it would often be of poor quality and not always as described. For example, […]
Recently in the news, there has been a number of high profile companies, including the BBC, pledging to ban the usage of single use plastics at their sites. The Queen has also prohibited plastic bottles and straws from the Royal Estates as part of a plan to cut back on the use of plastic at […]